Martin Scorsese Is Still Going Off About How Comic Book Movies Aren't Cinema
"We shouldn't be invaded by it. We need cinemas to step up and show films that are narrative films"
Published Oct 14, 2019It should come as absolutely no surprise that a veteran filmmaker and lifelong cinephile is not a fan of the bright, garish popcorn pulp of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and yet Martin Scorsese's comments that comic book movies are not cinema has sent everyone into a dizzy. Since we last heard from him, he's doubled and tripled down on the statement.
During a Q&A at a recent screening of The Irishman, Scorsese was asked about his statements on superhero movies, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, he upped the rhetoric significantly.
"It's not cinema, it's something else," he said. "We shouldn't be invaded by it. We need cinemas to step up and show films that are narrative films."
Then, as Slash Film reports, he made similar comments during BAFTA's David Lean lecture:
Theatres have become amusement parks. That is all fine and good but don't invade everything else in that sense. That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It's not my kind of thing, it simply is not. It's creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that.
You can read Exclaim! review of Scorsese's latest film, The Irishman, which is very much not MCU.